Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Law Professors Form Innovative Academic Organization to Promote Field of Food Law & Policy



We are pleased to share news of the newly formed Academy of Food Law & Policy, a membership organization that serves as a forum for individuals and institutions involved in teaching and scholarship in the broad field of Food Law & Policy.

Of special note, Susan Schneider, Director of our LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law program serves as a founding member of the Academy's Board of Trustees. LL.M. Program Manager Sarah Hiatt serves as Executive Director. The press release announcing the Academy is included below.

Over the past decade, the field of Food Law and Policy has grown by leaps and bounds in law schools across the country. On a variety of metrics, the field is strong and growing, with more than 20 of the top 100 law schools offering courses in the field, and 30 clinics at 23 schools conducting related clinical work. But until now, Food Law and Policy has had no dedicated academic association to serve as a forum for individuals and institutions involved in its teaching and scholarship.

The Academy of Food Law and Policy (AFLP) is a newly-formed academic organization created
to address this need. AFLP’s founding Board of Trustees includes Emily Broad Leib, Harvard
Law School; Peter Barton Hutt, Covington and Burling (Adjunct Faculty, Harvard Law School);
Neil Hamilton, Drake University Law School; Baylen Linnekin, Adjunct Faculty, George Mason
Law School; Michael Roberts, UCLA School of Law; Susan Schneider, University of Arkansas
School of Law; and Margaret Sova McCabe, University of New Hampshire School of Law.

The Academy’s mission is to:

1) Engage and connect scholars and professors interested in Food Law & Policy;

2) Facilitate scholarship, collaboration, and collegiality in this field;

3) Encourage teaching and experiential learning opportunities; and

4) Foster the next generation of food law and policy leaders.

The Academy will support local, regional, national, and international collaboration among scholars, professors, and clinicians via workshops, shared resources and materials, and promotion of teaching and engagement in Food Law & Policy issues. By building a strong network, the AFLP will provide a space for sharing ideas, knowledge, and research.

Within the broad mission of AFLP, specific activities and services will respond to the needs of members. These may include:

• Tracking growth of this field through a survey to Academy members;

• Sharing current events, upcoming conferences, and opportunities via the AFLP website;

• Creating a forum for the discussion of Food Law and Policy news and developments;

• Offering social events at conferences and events where AFLP members are present;

• Hosting an annual AFLP workshop, on a topic of interest to AFLP members;

• Providing opportunities for the sharing and workshopping of academic papers and articles; and

• Providing evidence for faculty to share with their schools that this field of law is legitimate and growing.

Working together, law schools and scholars can continue to grow the field of Food Law and Policy through the creation of new courses, publications, centers, programs, and additional opportunities for student engagement and education about the laws and policies impacting our food. The AFLP will help fulfill these ambitions through collaboration and mutual enrichment of its members.


Further information on the Academy of Food Law and Policy can be found at www.AcademyFLP.org.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Announcement: Graduate Assistantship Opportunities


The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law continues to accept applications for Fall 2016, with a few places remaining in our face-to-face and distance tracks, for full or part-time enrollment. With an expanded curriculum and a deep base of alumni relationships, our Program prepares attorneys for a career in agricultural and food law. Visit our website and our blog for additional information.

We have several Graduate Assistantships (GAs) to award. GAs are only available to full time LL.M. candidates who enroll in our face-to-face program. These GAs provide for a full tuition waiver plus a $5,000 stipend per semester in exchange for part-time work designed to enhance their education and build their professional reputation. While awards may shift to accommodate the expertise of applicants, GA placements are likely to include:

  • An opportunity to work with Accelerated JD candidates from foreign jurisdictions, assisting them with their transition to a U.S. law school setting;  
  • An opportunity to teach a Pre-Law Political Science class that introduces undergraduates to basic elements of our legal system and encourages them to explore a legal education;
  • An opportunity to teach an Upper Level Legal Writing class that focuses on Civil Pre-Trial documents (opportunity limited to attorneys with practice experience and/or LRW teaching experience);

Interested attorneys and graduating 3Ls should complete the LL.M. application and indicate their interest in one or more of the GA opportunities.  Awards are highly competitive. Candidates that are already admitted to the Program will be considered along with new applicants that are admitted, and we hope to make most awards within the next month.  New opportunities may arise over the summer. Contact us for additional information at LLM@uark.edu or call (479) 575-3706.

It is always the goal of the LL.M. Program to attract candidates that reflect the rich racial, cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity of a global food system, expanding the reach and resources to all who seek to promote food justice.


The University of Arkansas is committed to the policy of providing educational opportunities to all
qualified students regardless of their economic or social status and will not discriminate on the
basis of disability, race, color, sex, creed, veteran’s status, age, marital or parental status, sexual
orientation, or national origin. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Satoko Kato to Join the Faculty

We are delighted to announce that Satoko Kato will be staying with us another year, joining the law school faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor.

Satoko is currently an LL.M. candidate in our face-to-face program, working with the Food Law Firm in New York as part of our Graduate Assistantship Program. As part of her studies, Satoko has participated in our new Practicum experiential learning opportunity, working Fall semester with the Sustainability Consortium and Spring semester with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

Satoko graduated from Georgetown University Law Center where she served on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. She is a graduate of Sophia University in Tokyo and is fluent in Japanese.

Satoko's practice experience includes almost 15 years of experience practicing corporate law at major international law firms. She began her career in New York working on finance and mergers and acquisitions transactions, and later focused on securities law representing domestic and foreign corporations in capital market transactions, reporting and compliance, and antitrust and government investigations in New York and Tokyo.

Satoko's extensive corporate law expertise attracted the attention of our law school's Associate Dean and our business law faculty.  The law school has a new business law certificate program that will benefit from the kind of practice-based corporate and international law experience that Satoko has developed.  Satoko will teach International Business Transactions and an Upper Level Legal Writing course that focuses on Corporate Drafting. In Spring semester, she will have an opportunity to work in her new area of expertise, teaching Federal Regulation of Food Labeling and Federal Regulation of Food Safety in the LL.M. Program. Satoko will also be advising the Journal of Food Law & Policy and the new LL.M. candidates.






Nate Rosenberg to Join the Faculty

Nate Rosenberg Joins University of Arkansas School of Law Faculty


We are pleased to announce that Nate Rosenberg will join us for the 2016-17 academic year as a Visiting Assistant Professor, teaching in both the LL.M. Program and the J.D. Program.

Nate is a 2012 graduate of Harvard Law School where he co-founded and led the Harvard Food Law Society, served as a student attorney with the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, and served as a Student Advocate for Harvard Law School Advocates for Human Rights. Nate is a graduate of Pitzer College with a B.A. in German Literature. He served as the Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Claremont Student and Editor-in-Chief of the Claremont Collage.

After law school, Nate was selected to serve as a Joint Fellow in the Harvard Law School Mississippi Delta Project, a joint project with Harvard and Mississippi State University located in Clarksdale, Mississippi. In this role, he supervised over forty law students working on food policy projects, organized a state-wide conference and participated in a variety of community service and organizing activities.

Since 2014, Nate, has been a Fink Fellow with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in New York, working on issues related to hunger, environmental law, food waste, and farm labor law. In 2015, Nate created and taught a graduate level course, Inequality and Food Systems, for the New York University Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health.

Fall semester, Nate will be working half time us, teaching Animal Law in the J.D. program and advising the Journal of Food Law & Policy. He will also be working for the environmental law advocacy group, Earthjustice, on issues concerning climate change and agriculture.  Nate will join us full time Spring 2016 where he will be teaching in the LL.M. Program. He will teach Environmental Regulation of Agriculture, Climate Change and Agriculture, and Regulated Markets in Agriculture.

We will be delighted to have Nate and his partner Kiley join us in Fayetteville. He will be a great addition to our faculty. Welcome, Nate.

Mark Opanasiuk Selected for Edmund S. Muskie Summer Internship Program

Mark Opanasiuk named Muskie Intern


Our congratulation to LL.M. Candidate and Fulbright Student Scholar Mark Opanasiuk for his recent appointment as a Muskie Intern with the the Edmund S. Muskie Summer Internship Program.

Mark has been enrolled full time in the LL.M. Program this year, studying with us in Fayetteville.  Prior to joining us, he served as a Junior Associate with the Inyurpolis Law Firm (ILF) in Kharkiv, Ukraine, working in its Investment Consulting Department. Mark holds a Master of Laws, diploma cum laude and a Bachelor of Laws, diploma cum laude, from the the National Law University named after Yaroslav the Wise (NLU) in Ukraine.  He is completing his Ph.D. dissertation from  the Research Institute of State Department and Municipal Government of Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine.

Mark attended our Program as a Fulbright Scholar.


 The Muskie Internship Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides emerging leaders from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia with the opportunity to gain real-world experience complementing and enriching their graduate studies in the United States.
The Muskie Program invites participants to:
  • Create professional and personal relationships that support professional and personal development, stimulate creativity, challenge ideas and lead to positive innovations;
  • Sharpen the ability to develop independent opinions, make informed decisions and reach compromise;
  • Learn new trends, opportunities and challenges in evolving key issues;
  • Experience different approaches used in the private, public and non-profit sectors; and,
  • Experience how different U.S. government agencies, NGOs, and businesses work together to address a common issue in support of American policy.

Mark will complete his internship at Goosman Law Firm in Sioux City, Iowa. His internship will allow him learn more about the American legal system, assist and shadow attorneys, assist with the practice of agricultural and food law, learn more about legal ethics and law firm management, become more engaged in local community projects, and participate in pro bono work.

Congratulations, Mark!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

LL.M. Alum and Dean at Yeungnam University returns to Fayetteville

Last week our friend and Alumnus Tae Huan Keum returned to Fayetteville for a brief visit with LL.M. Candidates, Faculty, and the Law School Administration.

Dean Keum joined the LL.M. Program in 2010 during his sabbatical year as a Professor of Law at Yeungnam University in Gyeongsan, Republic of Korea.

Tae Huan now is completing his second term as Dean of the Yengnam University Law School. Dean Keum is also recognized for founding the Korean Institute of Agricultural & Food Law which he directs.

While in Fayetteville, Dean Keum presented a lecture titled Science, Culture, and Politics in Korean Food Safety to current LL.M. Candidates.

This was the first time we have had an opportunity to visit with Dean Keum since 2013 when LL.M. Professors Susan Schneider and Christopher Kelley visited Yeungnam University as part of a cooperative agreement between our two institutions.  It was a pleasure hosting Dean Keum. Our sincere thanks to Dean Keum and to Yeungnam University.

New Legal Guide on the Federal Enhanced Tax Deduction for Food Donations

The Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic and the University of Arkansas Food Recovery Project Launch the Updated  Legal Guide on the Federal Enhanced Tax Deduction for Food Donations


The Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), in partnership with the FoodRecovery Project at the University of Arkansas School of Law, is pleased to publish an updated version of Federal Enhanced Tax Deduction for Food Donation: A LegalGuide, to reflect the significant changes Congress made as part of the fiscal year 2016 omnibus appropriations legislation.  This legislation increased tax incentives for food donations as a mechanism to prevent food waste. 

This guide, originally published in November 2015, provides an important resource for food businesses and food recovery organizations to determine whether a food donor is eligible to receive the enhanced deduction.


An estimated 40 percent of food produced in the United States goes uneaten; at the same time, more than 14 percent of U.S. households are food insecure at some point during the year. Diverting a fraction of the wholesome food that currently goes to waste in this country could effectively end food insecurity for all Americans.

The extension and modification of the charitable deduction for contributions of food inventory included in the 2016 omnibus appropriations legislation contains four significant changes: 

1) a permanent extension of the enhanced tax deduction for food donations; 

2) an increase in the deduction’s cap to 15% of the donor’s net income; 

3) a new optional formula for calculating the enhanced deduction that is available to certain taxpayers; and,

 4) a formula for determining the fair market value (FMV) of food inventory. 

Each of these are reflected in the updated legal guide and explained in detail in FLPC’s previous blog post.

Given the significant negative impacts of wasting food, more food businesses should consider donating their excess, wholesome food. This guide hopes to encourage more food donation by shedding light on how the federal enhanced tax deduction makes food donation a more financially feasible practice for certain businesses, and what businesses need to do to be eligible for this enhanced deduction.

Monday, April 25, 2016

LL.M. Candidate Lauren Manning: Millennial Farmer

We were delighted to see Huffington Post's article on the efforts of young people to break into farming, Millennial Farmers Fight An Uphill Battle. It’s Time To Support Them.  Not only do we advocate for beginning farmers, our own LL.M. candidate Lauren Manning was one of the young farmers featured.

LL.M. Candidate Lauren Manning Featured in Huffington Post 

Here's the excerpt about Lauren's work with Ozark Pasture Beef:  
Other young farmers support their agricultural leanings with multiple side jobs, a daily grind that might make your head spin. Since last August, 29-year-old Lauren Manning has been working as a cattle and sheep rancher at Ozark Pasture Beef in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 
In addition to her commitments on the farm, Manning is also pursuing an LL.M. law degree with an agriculture and food law focus at the University of Arkansas and working as an adjunct professor, freelance journalist and an intern with the National Young Farmers Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy group. 
Manning’s schedule requires next-level time management. She told HuffPost she works between 80 and 100 hours a week. While grueling, she said the decision between this and a cushier gig at a law office was clear. 
“I have never felt more compelled about something,” Manning said. “There’s a freedom and autonomy to ranching that I appreciate. You are constantly engaging with the land and the animals, manipulating the environment, constantly recalibrating, problem solving and planning. When you succeed, it’s fantastically rewarding — and addicting.”
We're very glad that Lauren has decided to stay in Fayetteville and to take up the challenge of new agriculture. We look forward to continuing to work with her. And yes, indeed, this is the same Lauren Manning that we blogged about a couple weeks ago for winning the International Human Rights Scholarship Award.  One very talented attorney / professor / farmer.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Food Safety Advocates Bill Marler & Denis Stearns Teach Food Safety Litigation Class

We were honored to welcome back our friends, visiting professors Bill Marler and Denis Stearns of Marler Clark.

Marler Clark, based in Seattle, Washington and founded by Marler, Stearns, and Bruce Clark is the most prominent foodborne illness litigation firm in the U.S.  They have been active in representing seriously ill victims of food borne illness and the families of those who died of foodborne illness for decades.  In addition, these dedicated attorneys have advocated tirelessly for additional food safety protections, better testing and regulatory protocols, and enhanced food safety education.  Their pro bono work is an inspiration to all in the profession.

For several years, Bill Marler has taught a condensed class for us, discussing his experience with his clients and the litigation he has pursued, and also presenting his views on food safety issues.  In the last two years, Denis Stearns has joined him.  Denis has taught Food Safety and related subjects at Seattle University School of Law and is a recognized food law scholar.  Their combined efforts make for a terrific class.

As has been the case in each of the past years, this year's LL.M. class found the course to be thought-provoking, inspiring, and fascinating, as it mixed law, policy, science, and public heath into two very full days of class time.  We appreciate the dedication that Bill and Denis show to their profession and their willingness to teach in our Program.

Once again, Bill and Denis donated their teaching stipend to a Marler Clark Scholarship to be given to an LL.M. student next year that will write articles for the firm sponsored national news service, Food Safety News.

Thank you, Bill and Denis.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Journal of Food Law & Policy

For over a decade, the University of Arkansas School of Law has published the Journal of  Food Law & Policy, the first student-edited law journal focused on food law and policy issues.  We are all proud of the Journal's work.

While the Journal does not have an official connection with the LL.M. Program, a number of the Journal staff have become LL.M. candidates after graduating from law school.  In fact, three of the Editors-in-Chief have gone on to complete their LL.M. degree and are now among our distinguished alumni.  This year's Editor-in-Chief, Kaelin Bowling was just admitted to the Program and will begin his LL.M. studies next Fall. Many LL.M. candidates and alumni have had their articles accepted for Journal publication. And, last year the LL.M. Program co-sponsored a symposium, The Past, Present, and Future of Food Law.  And, Professor Schneider, Director of the LL.M. Program is privileged to serve as an advisor to the Journal.

Last week, we participated in the end of the year banquet for the Journal.  It was a lovely dinner that toasted the success of this year's Journal board and staff -  a truly great group of talented law students. They are pictured below.




At the banquet, the winner of the Dale Bumpers / Arent Fox Food Law & Policy Scholarship Award was announced.  This prestigious award is given to the top student article written by a student editor on the Journal, as determined by the attorneys at the Arent Fox law firm in Washington D.C.  The winning article is published in the Journal next year, and the author receives a $1000 award from the firm.  This year's winner was Jacob Coleman for an article about state law "ag-gag" statutes, and in particular the Idaho statute that was found to be unconstitutional.  Pictured to the right is Editor-in-Chief Kael Bowling (L) giving the award to Jacob (R).  Congratulations, Jacob!

The new editorial board for next year was also announced at the banquet.  They are:


Editor-in-Chief: Emily O'Neal

Executive Editor: Hannah Rucker

Articles Editor: Bo Renner

Managing Editor: Kelly Brown

Note & Comment Editor: Larry Treat

Note & Comment Editor: Caroline Kelley

Note & Comment Editor: Jacob Coleman

Member: Alex Shirley

I look forward to working with these talented law students next year. 

LL.M. Alumna Kerri Boling Named Bumpers College Outstanding Alumni

LL.M. Alumna Kerri Boling recognized by Bumpers College as the Outstanding Young Alumna

Congratulations are in order for LL.M. Alumna Kerri Boling. Boling is being recognized by the Bumpers College Alumni Society as the Outstanding Young Alumna and will also address graduates at commencement.

An excerpt from the University of Arkansas Newswire story is included below.

After graduating in 2007, Boling earned her Juris Doctor degree and Master's of Law Degree in agricultural and food law from the U of A in 2010 and 2014, respectively. She is currently completing her Master's of Law Degree in global food law from Michigan State University. Before joining Tyson, Boling was a litigation attorney on the food, agriculture and biofuels practice group for the international law firm Faegre Baker Daniels in Des Moines, Iowa, where she counseled companies in the food and agriculture industries on litigated and regulatory matters.

While in law school, Boling held several law clerk positions, including with the United States Department of Agriculture Office of the General Counsel and the Arkansas Supreme Court, and she worked as a graduate assistant with the National Agricultural Law Center.

As a Bumpers College undergraduate, Boling received the Spitze Public Policy Legislative Internship Award, working with U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln in Washington, D.C., interned with Arkansas Farm Bureau and participated in several international programs, including in Edinburgh, Scotland, and a service learning project in Dangriga, Belize.

A native of Gravette, Arkansas, Boling grew up on her family's beef cattle and contract poultry farm.

Congratulations Kerri!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What is Food Justice?

Interested in learning more about Food Justice? Check out the clip below and join us for Food Justice Law & Policy this summer.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Food Waste and Hunger Summit

On April 16-17, the University of Arkansas was pleased to host the Food Waste & Hunger Summit for Campus Kitchens. The event was attended by students and professionals from across the country, all dedicated to reducing food waste and hunger, connecting the two societal problems to create new solutions.

The Food Recovery Project


The University of Arkansas School of Law and the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law very were well represented at the Summit.

Nicole Civita, Affiliated Professor and Director of our Food Recovery Project, was one of the plenary speakers. Nicole delivered a great presentation on the current legal initiatives to reduce food waste and work toward "food conservation." Known for the excellent resources that she provides to her audiences, Nicole embedded a wealth of important information into a Prezi that she made available to all as a resource, Shaping a Federal Food Conservation Policy Agenda.  Her remarks were featured in an Arkansas Online article on the conference by Jaime Adame, Cutting Waste is Topic of Food Talk (Apr. 17, 2016).

Nicole teaches two popular courses in the LL.M. Program, Urban Agriculture and Food Justice Law & Policy, with food conservation initiatives built into both courses.  She is the author of a number of important food recovery publications including Food Recovery: A Legal Guide Federal Enhanced Tax Deduction For Food Donation: A Legal Guide (now being updated to reflect recent Congressional action); and a soon to be released guide to food waste and state livestock feeding rules.

Nicole's innovative and insightful work in food recovery has inspired many around the country to action on this important topic.

Following Nicole's presentation, Summit participants were delighted to hear from
USDA Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. Secretary Vilsack delivered a speech that connected extremely well with the student audience, as he called them to service, encouraged them to persist in their efforts to improve the world around them, and inspired them to reach out to their leaders with new ideas and perspectives.  He reflected on the many USDA initiatives during his tenure as Secretary and the focus on local, healthy food.  He also stressed the global significance of issues of hunger, food security and food waste in the context of a changing climate. Referencing a message from President Obama to the cabinet that "games are won in the final quarter," he promised to continue working on these issues until the end of his term.

It was a great day on campus.  A special shout out to Charwell's, our food service provider for healthy and delicious food served on compostable plates, with compostable silverware.  We were proud to be part of such an excellent Summit.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Lauren Manning Selected for International Human Rights Legal Scholarship Award

We are delighted to report that one of our current LL.M. candidates, Lauren Manning has won the 2016 Human Rights Essay Award administered by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law.

The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual legal scholarship competition sponsored by the Academy in an effort to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law.

Participants must already have their law degree and must submit a legal article focused on an announced legal topic.  The Academy will grants two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The theme of this year’s essay competition was “Extractive Industry and Human Rights.”

Lauren was enrolled in two related Fall semester LL.M. courses taught by Professor Uche Ewelukwa: The Right to Food and Business, Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility: The Food/Agricultural Sector.  Professor Ewelukwa told students in the classes about the competition and encouraged them to apply, offering to supervise their work.

The essay that Lauren submitted was an outgrowth of the two papers she wrote for her classes. The essay was titled: Mining for Compromise in Pastoral Greenland: Promise, Progress, and Problems in International Laws’ Response to Indigenous People.  It explored the meaning of the right to food in international law today, examined the potential impact of mining activities on the livelihood of indigenous groups in Greenland, and analyzed the potential role of businesses in Greenland and the State of Greenland in addressing the problems. Her essay will likely appear in an upcoming issue of the American University International Law Review.

Lauren received her J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She has her B.A. degree in Legal Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She is admitted to practice law in California and practiced for several years before joining us for the LL.M. Program last Fall. In addition to being an LL.M. candidate, she serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas School of Law, teaching an upper level legal writing class. She also writes for Ag-Funder News and works with Ozark Pasture Beef, here in Northwest Arkansas.

We are very proud of Lauren for receiving this internationally prestigious award and grateful to Professor Ewelukwa for the education and support she provides to our students.

For the announcement of the Award visit: https://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/hraward.cfm

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A New Course in Agricultural Land Tenure

Professor Hamilton returns to teach Agricultural Land Tenure



This week the LL.M. Program was joined by Professor Neil Hamilton who directs the Agricultural Law Center at Drake Law School and serves as the Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law. Professor Hamilton was on hand to teach an intensive 3 day class in a newly created course in Agricultural Land Tenure.

This new course focuses on the role landownership and land use plays in the American agriculture. The course examined the history of federal land policy in the U.S. such as the Homestead Act and other land grants in forming our land ownership structure and the current reality of land tenure in the U.S., looking at who owns farmland and in what legal structures. Other topics covered included: the financing of farmland acquisition through mortgages and installment land contracts; farm leasing methods and issues of sustainability; family farm succession planning and the potential for intra-family conflicts over land transfers; the role of land ethics in farmland conservation; the role of land tenure in the operation of USDA programs; and issues relating to land access for new farmers. The history of how our land tenure system was created was examined including issues of how original occupants of the land were dispossessed and the resulting problems. This excellent course promises to be counted amongst our most popular classes. Our thanks to Professor Hamilton.

Friday, March 25, 2016

School of the New American Farmstead

Our Affiliated Professor, Nicole Civita serves as the assistant director of the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems at Sterling College in Vermont.  This summer, Nicole has helped to develop the School of the New American Farmstead, "designed to help students not only deepen their focus on artisan food and organic agriculture, but also turn [their farms] into viable businesses." 

This week, the popular blog, CivilEats.com did a very complementary post on the new summer program.
Since it was founded in 1958, Sterling College has been a hub for sustainability education. It has long offered bachelor degree programs in farming and food systems. But the goal is to appeal to students who aren’t looking for a four-year degree. Students can instead take just one class or several, ranging from a summer-long practicum in sustainable agriculture to two-day single subject workshops. Students who finish six or more food-focused courses take home a Value-Added Sustainable Food Certificate. . .
Classes are taught by working farmers and food crafters, including Pete Colman, the founder of Vermont Salumi; master cheesemaker, Ivan Larcher; and sauerkraut guru, Sandor Katz. Former Gourmet editor, Ruth Reichl, and Atlantic food journalist, Corby Kummer are teaching “Food Writing from the Farm” this summer. Harvest preservation, foraging, draft horse farming, and wildcrafting are also on the class list.
Nicole will be joining us this month to speak at the Campus Kitchen's Food Waste and Hunger Summit, April 16-17 at the University of Arkansas.

She also be teaching Food Justice: Law & Policy in the LL.M Program this summer via distance.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Fayetteville named 3rd best place to live in the U.S.

Fayetteville tops the list of "Best Places to Live" in U.S. News & World Report.

The secret is out. What was once a quiet college town hidden away in the hills is now the fastest growing city in the state.

And because growth brings attention, Fayetteville has found itself near the top of several recent lists.

The latest comes from U.S. News & World Report, who named Fayetteville the third best place to live in the entire nation in its inaugural “Best Places to Live” rankings.

“Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Fayetteville attracts outdoorsy types with its abundance of state parks, acres of community green space, playgrounds, parks and walking trails,” the report says. “The city also boasts a first-class performing arts center, an active local food movement, live music venues and a dynamic festival scene.”


Visit the full story available via the Fayetteville Flyer.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Not Really Expired

The Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School and Racing Horse Productions, also at Harvard produced the short film EXPIRED, Food Waste in America and its companion website NotReallyExpired.com as a collaborative effort between the two programs.  The Food Law & Policy Clinic aims to provide hands-on opportunities for students to learn about and improve the laws and policies shaping the food system. Racing Horse Productions aims to test and teach media advocacy techniques in the context of real world practice. Their collaboration produced an amazing product.

We are delighted to have one of our LL.M.'s working with the Food Law & Policy Clinic. Christina Rice, a Clinical Fellow with the Clinic, served as one of the film's producers.

Congratulations to Clinic Director and Executive Producer Emily Broad Leib, to Christina, and to everyone that worked on this great project. Here's the film -




Monday, February 15, 2016

U of A to Co-Host National Food Waste & Hunger Summit





We are pleased to report that the University of Arkansas will Co-Host the 2016 National Food Waste & Hunger Summit. The summit, which will take place April 16-17 brings together students and advocacy groups from across the country who are working to solve food insecurity problems in their communities. It is an opportunity for them to share what they’ve learned and encourage others to join the battle against hunger and food waste. LL.M. Affiliate Professor and Director of the Food Recovery Project Nicole Civita will present. For registration and more information, check out the Newswire announcement or visit the Campus Kitchens website.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative Funded for Youth Summits

 Congratulations to our colleagues at the Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative!                               

Native Youth in Agriculture Summer Leadership Summit students Jackson Smith (Cayuse Umitilla), Alayna Rhodes (Bad River Ojibwa), Aryana Henthorne (Sherwood Valley Pomo/Paiute), Laura Bergman (Cherokee), Zack Ilbery (Cherokee), Kayden Murphy (Navajo), Lofanitani Aisea (Klamath), Matthew Butler (Sac&Fox/Absentee Shawnee), and Aukelenui Mortensen (Hawaiian) participate in a team-building exercise during the 2015 summit held on the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus. Photo by Elise Clote

Native Youth in Agriculture Summer Leadership Summit students Jackson Smith (Cayuse Umitilla), Alayna Rhodes (Bad River Ojibwa), Aryana Henthorne (Sherwood Valley Pomo/Paiute), Laura Bergman (Cherokee), Zack Ilbery (Cherokee), Kayden Murphy (Navajo), Lofanitani Aisea (Klamath), Matthew Butler (Sac&Fox/Absentee Shawnee), and Aukelenui Mortensen (Hawaiian) participate in a team-building exercise during the 2015 summit held on the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, based in the University of Arkansas School of Law, has received a three-year, $681,459 grant to fund the Native Youth in Agriculture Summer Leadership Summit.

The summit, now entering its third year, is currently accepting applications from American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native youth, ages 15-18. In 2015, 84 students representing 47 tribes attended the summit, and the program hopes to serve 100 youth this year. Contact the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative or visit the website for more information or an application. Older students should consider applying to be a student leader for the program.

“The Indigenous Food and Agricultural Initiative is a great illustration of how higher education institutions should work everyday to create greater access for underrepresented students while also providing valuable support for the betterment of their communities,” said Charles Robinson, University of Arkansas vice chancellor for diversity and community. “I am very proud of Dean Leeds and all of the people in our School of Law and campuswide who are making this happen.”

The summit promotes farming, ranching and food businesses as productive and sustainable career choices for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian youth. It also secures the future of tribal food systems by promoting intertribal cooperation and an understanding of food sovereignty. And it ensures the success of future native farmers and ranchers by giving them the specialized education they need to thrive as the next generation of Indian Country food and agriculture leaders.

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, sponsored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the United States Department of Agriculture, provides grants to organizations for education, mentoring and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers or ranchers. The summit serves only native youth because of the unique legal complexities surrounding land status, credit access, food safety protocols, and more, that only Native producers must confront when engaging in food systems careers. Through a combination of classroom and experiential learning, the summit provides a singular educational experience for native youth.

About the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative: The Initiative enhances health and wellness in Tribal communities by advancing economic development and cultural heritage in Indian Country. We empower tribal governments, farmers, ranchers and food businesses by providing strategic planning and technical assistance; by creating new academic and executive education programs in food systems and agriculture; and by increasing student enrollment in land grant universities in food and agricultural related disciplines.

About University of Arkansas School of Law: The University of Arkansas School of Law prepares students for success through a challenging curriculum taught by nationally recognized faculty, unique service opportunities and a close-knit community that puts students first. With alumni in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, two territories and 20 countries, it has been ranked among the top 10 "Values in Legal Education" by the National Jurist magazine for three consecutive years and is among the top 41 public law schools, according to U.S. News and World Report.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Professor Mykhailiuk to co-teach Agricultural & Food Law in the EU

This spring, the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law will be offering a new course titled Agricultural & Food Law in the European Union. The course, taught by Professor Christopher Kelley, serves as an Introduction to the governance of the European Union, and an exploration of polices regarding agricultural and food law. We are pleased and honored to share that Professor Kelley will be joined by National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy School of Law lecturer Mykhailiuk Galyna. Professor Mykhailiuk will be guiding us through an introduction to EU law at the beginning of this course. Her lectures will be based on the full-semester course on European Law that she teaches at the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" School of Law. Professor Mykhailiuk joins the class by videoconference teaching our students in Fayetteville and also to our LL.M. distance candidates. Our thanks to Professor Mykhailiuk!





Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Welcome Dr. Darya Lando, Law Faculty at Belarusian State University

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Darya Lando a Minsk lawyer and Belarusian State University Law Faculty professor, will be our guest during the first two weeks of February.

Dr. Lando's law firm bio and BSU Law Faculty Bio are evidence of her expertise. While she is here, Dr. Lando will meet with faculty and students and will join several of our courses as a special guest. She will also meet with our LL.M. Candidates. Dr. Lando's colleague Volha Samasiuk  is an Alum of the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law and earned her PhD from the BSU Law Faculty and taught in the BSU Law Faculty.


Please join us in welcoming Dr. Lando on her first trip to the United States.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Professor Kelley Teaches in Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan

 

This television news feature was broadcast by a station in Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan. Professor Kelley is on the road again. He's teaching a course on Negotiation Skills and working with graduate students interested in agricultural and environmental law. He'll be back next week to begin the semester, teaching Rule of Law, Agricultural Perspectives, Regulated Markets in Agriculture, and a new course,  Overview of Agricultural & Food Law in the European Union.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Alumnus Kaleb Hennigh Sworn in to OK Board of Governors

We are proud to announce that our alumnus, Kaleb K. Hennigh was just sworn in to serve on the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Board of Governors. His term begins January 2016 and extends until 2019.

Kaleb was elected last November at the Oklahoma Bar Association's annual meeting in Oklahoma City.  He will represent Supreme Court Judicial District Four, which includes the Northwest Oklahoma counties of Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Cimarron, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Harper, Kingfisher, Major, Roger Mills, Texas, Washita, Woods and Woodward.

Kaleb is a founding member of Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay PLLC, a regional law firm located in northwest Oklahoma with a recognized agricultural law practice. Kaleb focuses on familial wealth preservation, bankruptcy and asset protection methods and effective small business planning.

Kaleb is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural communications.  He received his law degree from the OU College of Law, where he was awarded the Kelly Beardslee award for his work with the OU Criminal Law Clinic.  He received his LL.M. in Agricultural Law from our Program.  We are truly proud of his work as an agricultural law attorney and his service to the bar. It is no surprise to us that his peers in the bar association entrusted him with this leadership position.

"The 17,600-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma’s legal community."

Friday, January 8, 2016

LL.M. Alumna A'dae Romero-Briones Appointed to Nat'l Organic Standards Board

On December 29, 2015, the USDA announced the appointment of one of our distinguished LL.M. Alumna, A'dae Romero-Briones, to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).
The NOSB is a 15-member Federal Advisory Board created under the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) and governed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The NOSB considers and makes recommendations on a wide range of issues involving the production, handling, and processing of organic products, including the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.
Members of the NOSB member are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for a five-year term.  Members represent stakeholders in the following four categories: four organic farmers/growers, three environmental/resource conservationists, three consumer/public interest representatives, two organic handlers/ processors, one retailer, one scientist (toxicology, ecology or biochemistry), and one USDA accredited certifying agent. A'dae was appointed to as a consumer/public interest representative, serving from now through 2021.

Ad'ae works as Director of Community Development for Pulama Lana’i and serves as a Food & Agriculture consultant, working with First Nations Development Institute, our Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative, and others. A'dae is the co-founder and former Executive Director of non-profit for Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico.

A'dae worked for the Indigenous Food and Agricultural Intuitive while attending the LL.M. Program. Her work was featured in the blog post, A'dae Romero Takes Leadership Role on Tribal Food Law / Food Sovereignty Issues. 

A'dae's final article in the LL.M. Program discussed the Food Safety Modernization Act as it applied to the Federal Tribal relationship. She has written extensively about Food Safety, the Produce Safety rule and tribes, and the protection of tribal traditional foods.

In July 2014, The White House and the USDA honored A'dae as one of 15  “Champions of Change” leaders from across the country “who are doing extraordinary things to build the bench for the next generation of farming and ranching, A-dae Romero Receives Champion of Change Award. These champions are leading in their industries and communities, inspiring others who want to find careers and a life on the land, and providing food, fiber, fuel, and flora around the world.”

And, as First Nations reported, Agri-Pulse, a national agricultural news source, included her as one of the most influential rural agricultural advocates in its “50 Under 50” report.

A'dae received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Princeton University, her law degree from Arizona State University’s College of Law, and her L.LM. in Food and Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law. She currently sits on several boards, including the Lana’i Elementary and High School Foundation.

We are proud of A'dae's work and know that she will do an excellent job on the NOSB.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Food Recovery Act and our Faculty, Nicole Civita

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree's recently announced her proposal for the federal Food Recovery Act. This important new legislation would help to reduce wasted food and promote food recovery at the farm, retail, restaurant, institution, and consumer levels.

The LL.M. Program has been at the forefront of food recovery efforts since the inception of our Food Recovery Project in 2012.  The publication of Food Recovery: A Legal Guide brought national recognition to our efforts.

So when Congresswoman Pelligree took on this important issue, it should be no surprise that our faculty was there, working behind the scenes to assist her. Nicole Civita, Director of our Food Recovery Project and the author of the Legal Guide was instrumental in helping define the issue and craft the proposed remedies. Congresswoman Pelligree's office thanked Nicole for her help, stating that her "expertise and research were invaluable."

 The introduction of the Food Recovery Act brings the critical issue of food waste to Washington. We appreciate Nicole's contribution to that effort. Her leadership in this area is an important asset to our Program and to the future of our food system.

In addition to serving as the Director of our Food Recovery Project, Nicole teaches Urban Agriculture and Food Justice Law & Policy in the LL.M. Program. She also serves on the faculty of Sterling College in Vermont and as the Assistant Director of the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems at Sterling.



Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Article by LL.M. Almuna Margie Alsbrook featured in The Arkansas Lawyer

We were delighted to discover an excellent article in the fall issue of The Arkansas Lawyer by LL.M. Alumna Margie Alsbrook. The article 10 Things Every Lawyer Should Know About GMO's addresses the increasing number of genetically modified foods and consumers questions about the ethical use of genetically engineered technology. The article is available on The Arkansas Bar Associations website

While a candidate in the LL.M. Program, Margie served as the first editor-in-chief of the University of Arkansas' Journal of Food Law & Policy. She currently serves as the Next Generation Outreach & Organizational Operations Director for the Farm Journal Foundation

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

LL.M. Candidate Lauren Manning interviewed by Modern Farmer


Modern Farmer recently caught up with LL.M. Candidate Lauren Manning for a Q&A session on what makes Lauren a "modern farmer." An excerpt of that interview is included below. Check out the full interview at modernfarmer.com

It was a layoff that led Lauren Manning to agriculture. The 29-year-old lawyer, who was born and raised in Sacramento, California, had come to a fork in the road. And it was that fork that turned out to be the key. She'd become interested in the legal, political, and social aspects of food and agriculture but believed her path in life had already been set; agriculture would only be a side interest.

But after losing her job at the law firm she made the decision to pursue an LL.M. in Agricultural & Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she’s an adjunct professor. She also began writing for AgFunderNews, a website about technology in the agricultural sector, and became an apprentice at Ozark Pasture Beef (OPB). Now, she’s days away from finishing her first semester in the program and very happy with the choices she’s made.

“I can’t say I’m a farmer, but I’m certainly a new student of the trade. I’m like the newborn calf wandering around the pasture experiencing the world for the first time,” she tells Modern Farmer in an email.

As an apprentice at OPB, Manning is getting hands-on training at a grass-fed beef operation. She says she felt that if she was going to “talk the talk” about policy, advise farmers, or make recommendations on ag issues she needed to “walk the walk” first. She went on a farm tour of OPB, met one of the operation’s partners, and was soon working there. “The joke is that I came out to the farm and never left,” she says.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

David Grahn Returns to Teach Popular Course in Policy & the Federal Budget

Last week, we were delighted to once again welcome our good friend and colleague, David Grahn, teaching his fast-paced condensed course in how federal budget rules impact the development of agricultural and food policy. This course has become one of our most popular, and it gives us all a window into the world of Washington policy making.

 David serves at the USDA Office of General Counsel as Associate General Counsel for International Affairs, Food Assistance, and Farm and Rural Programs.  He represents the interests of a wide range of USDA entities: Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency / Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, Rural Development Agency, Rural Business Service, Rural Utilities Service, Foreign Agricultural Service, the Food and Nutrition Service, and the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

David spent Monday, Tuesday, and part of Wednesday with our LL.M. class explaining complex aspects of policy development, from the crafting of federal law to its implementation by the federal agencies.  Much of the class was devoted to understanding how the federal budget drives policy development and how administrative law can be used strategically to affect policy outcomes.  It was a practical, real-world look at how agencies work, how political goals can best be met, and how money works in Washington.

David is known for his energetic and effective teaching style, and he engages with the class throughout the course, building complexity point by point. As one student noted, "It is truly an amazing opportunity to take this course."

As always, David offered support for our efforts in the LL.M. Program.  His contribution to our Program is invaluable. We are grateful for his support, and our candidates are delighted with the opportunity to learn from him. We were pleased to have two of our distance candidates come to Fayetteville to earn this credit face-to-face, and it was fun to have them with us in person.

A special note that is a testimony to David's professionalism -  in order to avoid any possible conflict of interest or funding issue, David volunteers his time to the Program.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tax Deduction for Food Donation Guide Published


We are pleased to announce the publication of another important guide to encourage businesses to donate food to those in need.

Federal Enhanced Tax Deduction for Food Donation: A Legal Guide was published in a coordinated effort by the Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic and the Food Recovery Project at the University of Arkansas School of Law.

An estimated 40 percent of food produced in the United States goes uneaten. American consumers waste 160 billion pounds of food each year; food is also wasted on farms and in stores, schools, and restaurants.  At the same time, almost 15 percent of U.S. households are food insecure at some point during the year.  Diverting a fraction of the wholesome food that currently goes to waste in this country could effectively end food insecurity for all Americans.  Farms and food businesses can play a key role by donating more food to organizations that serve those in need.

The federal government has recognized the importance of food donation and provides tax deductions to incentivize businesses to donate food.  Under current federal law, businesses that donate property, including food, may claim a general tax deduction in the amount of the property’s basis.  One type of business, C corporations, may claim an enhanced tax deduction that exceeds the property’s basis for donating certain property, including food.

Those businesses eligible for the enhanced tax deduction must meet certain requirements to receive the enhanced deduction that are not necessary to receive the general tax deduction. To help food donors access this valuable tax incentive the Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic and the Food Recovery Project at the University of Arkansas School of Law developed a plain-language legal guide, Federal Enhanced Tax Deduction for Food Donation.  This document first provides an overview of federal tax deductions available for businesses that donate food, and then explains the additional requirements that C corporations must meet to receive the enhanced tax deduction.

The Food Law & Policy Clinic's blog provides additional information about the release of this important new publication and references the ongoing work of the clinic. See, FLPC, in partnership with the Food Recovery Project, Launches Legal Guide on the Federal Enhanced Tax Deduction for Food Donations.

This is the third in a series of important legal guides on food waste published by the Food Recovery Project and Harvard's Food Law & Policy Clinic.  The Food Recovery Project at Arkansas published Food Recovery: A Legal Guide that was referenced recently on an episode of John Oliver's show Last Week Tonight.  The Food Law & Policy Clinic published the The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America with NRDC, a publication that de-mystified the confusing issue of food product dating - emphasizing that dates do not reflect a food safety concern and actually encourage food waste.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Spring Classes and New Opportunities for Distance Education

In the LL.M. Program, we are continuing our work to expand our curriculum to cover the wide range of new and emerging issues of interest. Spring Semester 2016, we will offer several new classes as well as enhanced versions of some of our prior courses.  The full listing of courses is now posted on the side bar to the right of this post.

We are pleased to welcome a limited number of non-degree students to our classes next semester. Students who are enrolled in a J.D program or a related graduate program or professionals interested in food and agricultural law issues are welcome to apply for enrollment in a specific course.  Space is limited, as our LL.M. candidates remain our top priority and our focus.

For more information, we have developed a flyer that lists the courses available, details regarding the type and format of each course and the cost.  This flyer, 2016 Spring Semester LL.M. Course Offerings Open to J.D. Students is available for download.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Celebrate International Education Week

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of the efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. To learn more about IEW, visit the Department of State website.

SATURDAY: November 14th

National Unity Day -- Russia, 12:00 noon - Fulbright Peace Fountain by Old Main. The Russia-Eurasia Student Organization wants to celebrate the National Unity Day by inviting the University of Arkansas community to play a quest game dedicated to the events that rallied Russian people and led to the Romanov dynasty to take the throne. Food will be served at the close of the game. Sponsor: Associated Student Government and the Russia-Eurasia Student Organization. Contact - Rustem Galiullin; grustem@email.uark.edu

International Education Week Lunch Specials – 11 am – 2pm , Ella’s Restaurant at the Inn at Carnell Hall on UA Campus, Lunch specials will be available for lunch at Ella’s Restaurant, with a different country represented each day. Monday China, Tuesday Brazil, Wednesday Bolivia, Thursday Panama, Friday India

MONDAY: November 16th

The Role of International Education in Peacebuilding, 8:00am - 10:00am, Holcombe Hall Classroom, Through international education, students become more effective communicators, more engaged citizens, and learn to think critically about the relationships between local and global issues. These skills are all vital to building peace in a world full of conflict. To celebrate this capacity of international education during International Education Week, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Alliance for Peacebuilding invite you to a free panel discussion on the role of international education in peacebuilding. Experts in conflict resolution and peacebuilding will: 
  • Provide a high-level overview of the ways in which international engagement and global learning can help mitigate conflict and empower individuals to become peacebuilders
  • Share key strategies and approaches available to educators to engage students in peacebuilding both locally and globally 
  • Examine the role of global learning in the peacebuilding process. Contact - Michael Freeman: mfreeman@uark.edu


International Dress Day & Photo, all day, Group Photo after Opening session 11 a.m.. International Connections Lounge in the Arkansas Union, Wear a hat, tee shirt, scarf, traditional outfit from where you are from of have visited. A group Photo will be following the IEW Opening remarks.

Opening session and International Bazaar, 11:00am – 2:00pm, International Connection Lounge in the Arkansas Union, Kim Needy, Dean of Graduate School and International Education will open the University of Arkansas' International Education Week followed by a group picture of the University of Arkansas community in traditional dress. International Bazaar will contribute to inclusion and diversity on campus though cultural table presentations and performances by international students. Sponsor: International Students Organization (ISO) Contact – Layseen Chen Torres: lachento@uark.edu

Study Abroad Photo Contest Display, 11:00am – 2:00pm, International Connections Lounge, Winners of the 2015 Study Abroad Photo Contest will be announced and displayed during the International Bazaar. Sponsor: Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange, Contact – Brian Poepsel: bpoepse@uark.edu

Theatre and Diplomacy, 5:30pm, Giffels Auditorium, A presentation by Syrian playwright and diplomat Riad Ismat. This is an event raising awareness of the need of defending academic freedom worldwide and creating support networks of international solidarity. Sponsor: UA Scholars at Risk Committee, Arts and Sciences Area Studies, Theatre, English, Diversity Affairs, Contact – Luis Restrepo: lrestr@uark.edu
For a full listing of events throughout the week, visit the International Students & Scholars website